How to Make Indie Films and World War II movie ‘The Birdcatcher’ with Director & Screenwriter Ross Clarke and hosts Giles Alderson & Andrew Rodger

This week director and screenwriter Ross Clarke chats about his career in film and his latest feature The Birdcatcher. A world War II period drama set in Norway.

Giles Alderson (The Dare) & Andrew Rodger (Plebs) fresh from filming Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot in Wales talk about making the historical action film in wales and join Ross to talk indie film-making, how to make feature films as creatives and Ross’ latest film.

Ross talks about asking actor Mark Strong to be in his short film after spotting him in his local area and how he raised finance for his films. He talks about making his documentary Skid Row in LA and the differences between doc and fiction film-making.

Ross talks about his feature The Birdcatcher, filming in the snow, in freezing water, working with his DP, being a leader on set, shot lists and story boards and the importance of believing in your vision for the film.

They all discuss how difficult film-making can be, give some great feedback and advice for filmmakers and talk about the benefits and disappointments of being a director.

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WATCH Ross’ short film starring Mark Strong

WATCH Skid Row

WATCH Demaphoria AKA The Chemist


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Andrew Rodger website

Robbie McKane website

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100th EPISODE! The Best of the Podcast so far featuring Mark Strong, Neil Marshall, Andi Osho, Deborah Haywood, Scott Adkins, Craig Conway, Daisy Aitkens and many more. Hosted by Giles Alderson

This is our 100th EPISODE. Thank you so much all for supporting us and listening to us, it means the world to us!!

In this special episode host Giles Alderson dives down the rabbit hole of podcasts past to pulls out some gems from our guests that we have had so far. Some great guests and amazing episodes had to miss out but maybe there will be another ‘Best Of’ soon.

In the meantime you have the pleasure of listening again to moments and advice from actors and filmmakers that were wonderfully juicy and perfect for you to hear again. From screenwriting, producing, directing through to editing your indie film

Feel free to re listen to any ep that takes your fancy. Fo now though we are so glad you part of our Podern Family Filmmakers Podcast tribe and can;t wait for the next 100 with you.

Next weeks ep is with director and writer Scott Mann (Final Score) !!



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Ep 74 How to Make a Music Documentary with ‘The Man from Mo Wax’ director & producers Matthew Jones and MJ McMahon

Directors and Producers Matthew and MJ McMahon sit down with director Giles Alderson (World of Darkness) at Raindance HQ and chat making their indie doc about James Lavelle, DJ Shadow and how Mo Wax Record Label and UNKLE the band were created and disbanded and back again called The Man From Mo Wax.

How it came to be and the trials and tribulations of making it including music rights, archive footage, smoothing out old broken relationships in the process all while they created their wonderful documentary about James Lavelle.

The film is OUT NOW in the UK in cinemas and on Blueray/DVD and will be out in the US in Oct/Nov


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